One of my kids has the flu, and another was sent home this afternoon too. I'm fervently praying we don't all succumb to it. I didn't have anyone get the flu shot this year (mostly because this is how it went down the last time I did it), and also because we hardly ever get the flu. But this one has certainly contracted it now. The other seems totally fine, and I'm not sure he's really sick. I'm hoping the kids who are in the show will still be able to perform.
In other random news, lit up Christmas trees make me happy. Really and truly. I smile each and every time I see one. On the flip side, nothing is sadder than a dark, unlit Christmas tree! And many people in my house seem to be oblivious to our trees and carry on with life amidst a dark, horrible tree! It's very disappointing.
Amidst all this busyness, I struggle as I always do with finding time to contemplate the mysteries and beauty of this season. But this year I have had some wonderful moments to come to the manger and reflect. The first is, ironically, during this Christmas show I'm in that is taking up all my time. I sing in a small group behind the manger scene, and we are to look adoringly at Mary and Joseph and the manger. And I get chills every time! I think of the true scene so many years ago and I am simply moved as I worship that child in the manger.
I am also finding it so rewarding to teach my little students about Jesus' birth. As they help me tell and retell the story, I soak it all in. They are so young and like little sponges - absorbing all of the good news of Christ's birth. It is such a joy, and so, so glorious to have this privilege.
May your Advent be filled with less busyness and more Hope, Peace, Joy and Love!